What does "weather sealed" mean?

Started Jan 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Jaysun
Jaysun Regular Member • Posts: 332
What does "weather sealed" mean?

I don't expect that it means the camera is waterproof, but under what conditions would it be okay to shoot? A light drizzle? A heavy downpour?

And what does it matter if the camera is weather sealed if the lens isn't? My lenses don't mention anything about being weather sealed, so if the camera can handle rain, that doesn't change the fact that my lens can't. Do people buy lenses that are water resistant? I've never seen that as an option.

I should mention, I'm referring to DSLRs that are supposedly weather sealed, like my D7000

Nikon D7000
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